Posted by: icmadoptionnetwork | February 5, 2013

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Happy New Year! As many of you are aware, this Sunday is the Chinese New Year. This is a great time to celebrate different cultures with your child, no matter if they are Chinese, Ethiopian, Peruvian, or American! The Chinese New Year is a holiday full of tradition and fun activities. I will be attending a party this Friday for the New Year. The party takes place at a local Chinese restuarant. Everyone orders a different dish, and we put all of the dishes in the middle of the table so that everyone can try whatever food they would like. It is always a fun time, and is a great cultural experience!

Here are some interesting facts and ideas about the Chinese New Year:

  • It is tradition to wear red for the Chinese New Year, and abstain from wearing black.
  • 2013 is the Year of the Snake.
  • On New Year’s Eve, people clean their homes and decorate with flowers and lanterns. The flowers most associated with the Chinese New Year are the plum blossom, the peony, and the water narcissus.
  • People exchange gifts with one another that are signs of good fortune and prosperity. Adults will give younger family members monetary gifts in red envelopes.
  • Typical dishes eaten on the New Year include dumplings, noodles, and oranges. FYI… the noodles must remain uncut to represent long life.
  • Family portraits are typically taken during the New Year celebrations. The male head of the family always sits in the middle of the picture.

So this Sunday I encourage your family to do something to celebrate the Chinese New Year… whether it is hosting a party, or going to a Chinese restuarant to celebrate.

吉慶有餘    May your happiness be without limit!

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